About the Planning Board

The Planning Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority for the Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development (ASMD), Corridor Commercial Development (CCD), and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Districts, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), Overlay Districts, and Site Plan Approvals. The Board also holds public hearings and renders recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on zoning amendments.

  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Michael A. Capuano, Chair
  • Amelia Aboff
  • Gerard Amaral, Alternate
  • Joseph Favaloro, Clerk
  • Dorothy A. Kelly Gay

Michael Capuano

Mike Capuano has served on the Planning Board since 2008. He is a graduate of Somerville High School, Harvard College, and the Suffolk Law School.  He has also served as the Planning Board's designee to the Community Preservation Committee since its inception in 2013 and served two terms as its inaugural Chairman.  For the last four years, he has served as Assistant General Counsel at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he represents the Secretariat and its agencies and programs, including the Office of Medicaid.

Joseph Favaloro

Joseph Favarolo has worked with the city for over 40 years, first as a School Committee member, then an Alderman at large, and has since been appointed to the Planning Board by four different mayors. He is also the Executive Director of The MWRA Advisory Board representing 60 communities in greater Boston in pursuit of environmentally sound and ratepayer equitable solutions to wastewater and water infrastructure issues.

Dorothy Kelly Gay

Dorothy Kelly Gay was born in Ireland, immigrated to Somerville in 1968, and worked as a Registered Nurse and clinical supervisor at hospitals in the greater Boston area.  She then served three terms on the Somerville School Committee and three terms on the Governor’s Council running for Lt. Gov in 1998. She was elected first female Mayor of Somerville in a special election in May 1999 and served until Jan 2004. She also served at the Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as President of Government Relations and Housing, until retiring in 2013.

Amelia Aboff

Amelia Aboff is a development manager at WS Development, where her work focuses on repositioning and revitalizing large-scale centers to respond to the changing needs of mixed-use and retail hubs. Prior to joining WS Development, Amelia led expansion projects at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and spent four years as a project manager for the Cities team at BuroHappold Engineering working on sustainability, urban planning, and economic development initiatives. Amelia is an AICP-certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Reports and Decisions

PLEASE NOTE: Applications made before April 15, 2011 are not included in this listing and can be found by clicking here.

Streetsort descending Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Beacon St 94 ZBA 2012-75 Oct 03, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt94.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 03/21/2013 - 4:58pm
Beacon St 266 ZBA 2014-61 Aug 06, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt266.pdf PDF icon Plans 2014.08.15
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Plans 2014.09.10
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.14
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.28
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.09.11
PDF icon Memo 2014.09.17
10/03/2014 - 11:48am
Beacon St 260 ZBA 2014-63 Aug 06, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt260.pdf PDF icon Plans 2014.08.15
PDF icon Environmental Cleanup Proposal
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Plans 2014.09.10
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.14
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.28
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.09.11
PDF icon Memo 2014.09.17
10/03/2014 - 11:48am
Beacon St 292 ZBA 2007-11-E1 (6/2011) Jul 13, 2011 PDF icon BeaconSt292.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2011 - 4:16pm
Beacon St 260 ZBA 2014-63-E1(8/2015) Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon BeaconSt260.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 1:42pm
Beacon St 369-371 ZBA2008-61 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 266 ZBA 2014-61-E1(8/2015) Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon BeaconSt266.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 1:43pm
Beacon St 308 ZBA2008-01 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 298 ZBA2008-40 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 120 ZBA 2012-104 Jan 23, 2013 PDF icon BeaconSt120.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/29/2013 - 11:02am
Beacon St 94 ZBA2009-46 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 6-8 ZBA 2010-65-R1 (2/2012) Apr 04, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt6-8.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 04/24/2012 - 4:33pm
Beacon St 292 ZBA2007-11-R0508 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 73 ZBA 2014-52 Jul 16, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt73 (WWOP).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/19/2014 - 3:57pm
Beacon St 292 ZBA2008-07 05/20/2010 - 7:10am

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